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Bless the Thief

Bless the Thief

(1997)
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A first novel of remarkable ingenuity, Bless the Thief is a fast-paced literary mystery involving a secret society, art forgery, and the Hindenburg disaster.

Born to an American mother and a British father, Tom Lynch lives with his mother in America until she sends him off to his appointed guardian in England, Patrick Grimshaw. Grimshaw becomes a surrogate father to Tom, who never knew his real father, and he inducts Tom into the mysterious Delaquay Society, an organization based on the works of Alfred Delaquay, a book illustrator of considerable genius and perversity. The books Delaquay illustrated were produced by hand, seldom in editions of more than one, and their reproduction or sale is prohibited by the Society. As its youngest-ever English secretary, Tom becomes increasingly involved with the Delaquay Society, until a breach of the Society's conventions of secrecy blows apart its hermetic and obsessively closed world and he is caught up in the resulting chaos. As the manner of his life begins to exact a heavy toll, so the Society takes its own terrible revenge, and Tom Lynch comes finally to understand who he really is and where he came from.

Genre: Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

June 1999 : USA Hardback
Title: Bless the Thief
Author(s): Alan Wall
ISBN: 0517424037 / 9780517424032 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing
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January 1997 : UK Hardback
Title: Bless the Thief
Author(s): Alan Wall
ISBN: 0436203987 / 9780436203985 (UK edition)
Publisher: Martin Secker & Warburg Ltd
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May 1998 : USA Hardback
Title: Bless the Thief
Author(s): Alan Wall
ISBN: 060960158X / 9780609601587 (USA edition)
Publisher: Crown
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Paperback Editions

January 1998 : UK Paperback
Title: Bless the Thief
Author(s): Alan Wall
ISBN: 0099268108 / 9780099268109 (UK edition)
Publisher: Minerva
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Kindle Editions

March 2012 : USA Kindle edition
Title: BLESS THE THIEF
Author(s): ALAN WALL

Publisher: THE EDGAR ALLAN PRESS LTD
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